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Spring Projects, â

Spring Projects, 13th june-14th August

Written by Tanya Geddes

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Having only heard the tune ‘oi john whats goin on?’ from the USB stick that comes free with issue 09 of amelia’s mag, check cost I was not sure what to expect when I bustled along to their gig at madam jojos last week.

Decked out in a chequered jumpsuit that would have left Burberry writhing, sickness the main singer was obviously game for a good time. From the moment they arrived on stage the trio’s electro-pop-hop left the audience lappin’ it up. Branded ‘comicly menacing electro-pop’, sums them up quite neatly. They have a laid back charm and like their lyrics in ‘oh my gosh’, what’s quite obvious is they really ‘couldn’t give a toss’. The main singer even got up on a ladder that seemed to appear from nowhere at one point, causing a frenzy of excitement. Another member of the band pranced about on stage with an old ladies handkerchief on his head for our viewing pleasure.

An interesting fact: The tate invited Man Like Me to walk around the gallery and find a work of art that would inspire them to write a track. They picked Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain. Like the tongue in cheek art work itself, Man Like Me know and flaunt their cheekiness which leaves you smiling. You can imagine them playing the naughty boy in class and achieving an infamous sort of fame because of it.

With tracks like Doughnut and Carny you couldn’t help but get swept away in their feel good fruity lyrics. They’re like a pick n mix bagful of sugary goodness. Their assorted concoction of electronic beats, rappy lyrics and a trombone thrown in for good measure keeps you on your toes. Like that mischievous boy at school, you just don’t know what shenanigans these lads are going to indulge in next.
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During English language lessons at school Mr Spaceman aka Regis Damasceno must have sat right at the front, troche scribbling notes and getting to grips with the perfect tense. Unlike Brazil’s (arguably) most famous musical export CSS, this web he never once lapses into cute broken English. Regis Damasceno singsdosage with absolutely no hint of a Portuguese accent. In fact he sounds so British, I was doubting his Brazilian credentials. A little Googling later I came across his website and having to hit the translate button, I only managed G.C.S.E French, was enough confirmation.

Citing The Beatles and The Smiths as influences Demasceno’s English eloquence may owe a debt to these to greats. Formative years spent in his bedroom listening to either of these two bands back catalogue on repeat, would I imagine be excellent English training. Ah, I can just picture him now. But it’s a different story when it comes to picturing these two bands in his music. To be fair, Damasceno cites them mostly as influences in their ‘indie’ aesthetic.

Mr Spaceman’s lo-fi indie is nicely average and if we did ratings at Amelia’s Magazine I would give him 3 stars. There is something extremely familiar about Mr Spaceman blend of music and three listens in, I had to double check it wasn’t another previously reviewed lo-fi average band. I would really like to state which tracks stand out, but I can’t as they all blend into one blur. With an average album, Mr Spaceman music seems to be destined to orbit the greatness of the bands he cites as influences.

‘Lip-Gloss and Lacquer’ instantly perked up my interest. What’s not to love about lip-gloss or lacquer? And when merged together in the name of art, visit web things can only get more interesting. Investigating our pursuit of commodity, approved celebrity and fashion whilst also exploring aspirations of glamour and luxuriant lifestyles seems like an overused concept-just pick up any fashion magazine and you’ll get a dose of this. However, pill this brushed aside I was curious to see how seven artists interpreted this title.

On entering the gallery space I was overwhelmed by Kirsten Glass’ pieces which are huge canvases decadently painted in bright colours. Focusing on models from fashion magazines, she then interrupts this consumer aesthetic by dismembering the figures and distorting scale and colour. Dribbling paint, eerie hues, haunted figures; you feel like you’ve walked in on a beautiful yet horrific nightmare. However, despite this tantalising mix her pieces strike out as odd rather than captivatingly strange; like flicking through a fashion magazine her images hold your attention for an instant but does not contain the power to hold it any longer.

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In contrast to Glass’ bold decadence, Julie Masterton‘s considered and minimalist pieces described as ‘drawings and boarders in space’ provide a refreshing juxtaposition. The interplay between two and three dimensions, photographic and object distort your senses and leave you wanting to examine the piece further with a magnifying glass.

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Steve Hiett‘s fashion photography follows a similar thread of enquiry as Glass. Clean, structured lines are incorporated into his fashion shots making the models an accessory to architectural influences. Pin sharp images and saturated colours paired with a simple lines gives his work an iconic feel that is both elusive yet enigmatic.

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Belarus born artist and professional high-fashion model Elle Muliarchyk‘s photos were a welcome return to the fun and fickle nature encapsulated in the title of the show. Staged in high-end boutiques, she smuggled her camera in to photograph herself dressed in various costumes. Self-described as ‘guerrilla fashion photography’; her images exemplified what fashion is all about. Stripped of pretention, what is left is a play of self, clothes in relation to place.

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Laura Buckley‘s films using broken glass and glitter as a starting point to disorientate the spectator and supposedly aim to be ‘centred on the demystification of the two dimensional visual masterpiece, using the medium of film projection sculpturally’. I know one thing; it certainly did mystify me.

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In all, if you like fashion and art as two separate concepts, this exhibition works satisfactorily to fuse both in varied mixed media pieces. However unlike lip gloss and lacquer the show doesn’t quite live up to the enticing glossy title and it doesn’t leave your mouth watering for more.

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